Woodley parkrun #289: Puddles!
Words by Nicola Stott (home parkrun Havant)
Photos by Kevin Lewington
Published by Jo Greenwood
In this week's run report the puddles make Nicola think of home ........
The forecast for parkrunday this week promised to be damp rather than snowy, but the parkrun weather fairies did their stuff and the day dawned as overcast with a hint of brightness.
My homerun is at Havant, but with my father living in Reading, I have run at Woodley a few times now, usually accompanied by my dog, Mabel; the one who always barks at the beginning – sorry!
Mabel loves parkruns, but does get rather excited beforehand, so we don’t usually get to hear the run brief, as I stand a little way back with her. I am told that Andy, the RD, welcomed everyone, including a parkrunner from Australia! There were several first timers, welcome, and several people doing their milestone run: Isaac Mileham (10), Emma Bradbury (50) and Simon Arthur (100). Well done to all of you
Thanks went to the amazing volunteers who enable the event to take place. Volunteering is good fun, and a great way to get to know people, so why not give it a go sometime: it can quickly become a habit. Oliver Hurst celebrated his 25th volunteer this week - congratulations Oliver!
We were also advised to keep to the paved path due to the ground being so wet.
As you know, Woodley is a 3 lap course. Mabel and I set off near the back and enjoyed a gentle run around the first lap. Mabel was pleased to see the puddles; it made her feel quite at home, and gave her (and me!) an excuse to stop whilst she had a drink. I made the mistake of trying to run around one of the puddles, and almost slipped over on the mud! It reminded me of the briefing we get at home, “no nancying around the puddles”!
It is funny how the course can seem to change on successive laps. I hardly noticed the slight incline from the lake on lap 1, but by lap 3 it had definitely got steeper! Mabel was also on a bit of a slow down on lap 3 as she had seen lots of runners finish, so why should we do another lap! So, lap 3 gave us time to enjoy the mild temperature, splash through puddles, and enjoy chatting to other runners. We also enjoyed the cheery encouragement from the marshals.
We finally made it to the finish and were greeted not just by a position token, but also by cake
On a less flippant note, please don’t forget that as parkrunners we share the park with other users, and it is important to be courteous, and aware of others. It can be frustrating if you’re on for a good time, but there is always next week …
To sum up, thank you Woodley for an enjoyable run, followed by coffee and cake. If any of you make it to Havant parkrun, we look forward to welcoming you to our puddles, and, of course, cake
This week's stats:
This week 382 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 19 were first timers and 22 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 26 different clubs took part.
The event was made possible by 20 volunteers:
Guy DAKIN • David SAYER • Colin MCCARLIE • John Paul YOUNG • Joanna GREENWOOD • Andy BEST • Nicola STOTT • Sara Jane BEST • Amanda TIPLADY • Michael MOORE • Kevin LEWINGTON • Stan PATTENDEN • Leo FRENCH • Veronika ROYLE • Tina SAUNDERS • Simon ARTHUR • Ian MCGUINNESS • Oliver HURST • Emma COOK • Rachel BURROW
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Woodley parkrun Results Page.
The male record is held by Jonathan Stuart DAVIES who recorded a time of 15:20 on 26th July 2014 (event number 95).
The female record is held by Anna BONIFACE who recorded a time of 17:31 on 15th April 2017 (event number 241).
The Age Grade course record is held by Claire DONALD who recorded 91.08% (19:37) on 1st November 2014 (event number 109).
Woodley parkrun started on 13th October 2012. Since then 8,049 participants have completed 69,319 parkruns covering a total distance of 346,595 km, including 12,183 new Personal Bests.